Creamy Tuscan Chicken

  • This Creamy Tuscan Chicken is an easy weeknight meal that can be made in 30 minutes! Enjoy this low carb chicken dinner with a side salad or serve over pasta for the whole family!

    Skillet with creamy tuscan chicken garnished with fresh parsley.

    *Originally published August 2014, recipe, text, and photos updated.*

    Creamy Tuscan Chicken

    If you’ve ever ordered the Tuscan Chicken from Olive Garden and fell in love then you will love this dish!

    I have some changes because that is just how I do things, but it is still super flavorful and definitely comfort food!

    You can enjoy this meal as is for a low carb meal or serve it over pasta to feed your whole family.

    Bowl filled with pasta and topped with creamy tuscan chicken.

    Easy Chicken Dinner

    If you are like me you are probably standing with the refrigerator door open, scanning the contents just hoping something will magically appear for dinner.

    I don’t have time for complicated meals, especially after a long day of running around after my littles.

    So easy chicken dinners are one meal I know my family will enjoy.

    Ingredients for this easy chicken dinner

    • Chicken: I used chicken breasts for this recipe but boneless, skinless chicken thighs would work great too. If your chicken breasts are really thick, cut them in half horizontally to make them thinner. This way they will cook much faster.
    • Garlic and Onion: a must for any great dish because they add so much flavor!
    • Sundried tomatoes: these are packed in olive oil and have a lot of flavor. They also come with herbs or without. I have used both and if you choose to use the ones with herbs use a little less pests. You can find them in the grocery store in the produce section or the canned vegetable isle.
    • Cream: I know, I know it’s a bit indulgent but so good!! If you would rather you can substitute with half and half or even whole milk. It will, however, change the sauce slightly. It will be a little less rich and a little thinner.
    • Spinach: I add this at the very end of cooking. Spinach wilts very quickly so I wait until the very end. You can also substitute with baby kale.
    • Pesto and Parmesan cheese: Both of these add so much flavor and the cheese helps thicken the sauce. I do prefer to use a homemade pesto over a store bought. It tastes so much better!
    Creamy tuscan chicken in cast iron skillet ready to be served.

    What to serve with Creamy Tuscan Chicken

    Close up of Creamy Tuscan Chicken in a bowl on top of pasta.
    5 from 3 votes
    Creamy Tuscan Chicken
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    This Creamy Tuscan Chicken is an easy weeknight meal that can be made in 30 minutes! Enjoy this low carb chicken dinner with a side salad or serve over pasta for the whole family!

    Course: Main
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: 30 minute chicken dinner, creamy tuscan chicken, one pot meal
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 480 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in half horizontally to make them thinner
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup (235 ml) heavy cream, half and half OR whole milk
    • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup (80g) sundried tomatoes
    • 2-4 tablespoons pesto
    • 8 ounces (215g) baby spinach
    Instructions
    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken breasts on each side until no longer pink in center and juices run clear (about 10 minutes). Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

    2. Add onion and cook just until soft (add a little more oil if needed). Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

    3. Stir in cream, cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pesto. Bring to a simmer and stir in spinach.

    4. Return chicken to skillet and cook for 1 minute to reheat chicken.

    Recipe Notes
    1. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition calculated using heavy cream and 4 tablespoons pesto. 

    What to serve with Creamy Tuscan Chicken:

    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Tuscan Chicken
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 480 Calories from Fat 333
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 37g57%
    Saturated Fat 18g113%
    Cholesterol 129mg43%
    Sodium 432mg19%
    Potassium 1144mg33%
    Carbohydrates 17g6%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 23g46%
    Vitamin A 6592IU132%
    Vitamin C 26mg32%
    Calcium 276mg28%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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